The Line opinion panelists wrap up our list of the top stories of 2020. Once again, this week our list is dominated by the various impacts and challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic here in New Mexico. Also making our top 5 list is the surge of protests over racial inequality and controversial historical monuments and statues. Tune in to find out what made the top of the list and what our special panel of working journalists have to say about this unforgettable year.  

Also, on the heels of the December 29th broadcast of the PBS American Masters show, “Laura Ingalls Wilder: Prairie to Page,” we revisit an interview correspondent Megan Kamerick did in May of 2018 with Santa Fe author Caroline Fraser. Her book, “Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder,” won the Pulitzer Prize for biography. “Prairie Fires” puts Wilder’s life in historical context alongside key events, from the settlement of the Great Plains to the Dustbowl. You can still watch that American Masterpiece special on Wilder on the NMPBS webpage.  

NMiF Episode 1427 will broadcast on Friday, Jan. 1 at 7 p.m. (KNME HD) and repeats Sunday, Jan. 3 at 7 a.m. On NMPBS 9.1 (world), Episode 1427 airs Saturday, Jan. 2 at 5 p.m. and repeats Sunday, Jan. 3 at 3 p.m.

In Focus Interviews  

Laura Ingalls Wilder Biographer Caroline Fraser 

Megan Kamerick 

Caroline Fraser, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Biographer    

The Line Opinion Panel   
Dan Boyd, Albuquerque Journal Capitol Bureau Chief  
Julie Ann Grimm, Santa Fe Reporter Editor & Publisher 
Jessica Onsurez, Carlsbad Current-Argus News Director 
Andy Lyman, New Mexico Political Report 

Gene Grant  

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